Anne Ross Cousin (Nee Cundell) (1824-1906)

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Free Church of Scotland
Hymns #137, Appendix 77
No record of her actual date of birth and death is at our disposal. She was the daughter of David Ross Cundell of Leith and became the wife of William Cousin of whom it was said that he was “an honored clergyman of the Free Church of Scotland.” “The Sands of Time” was first published in “The Christian Treasury” in 1857. In 1876 a volume was published called “Immanuel’s Land and Other Pieces,” by A. R. C. She was much the mouthpiece of Samuel Rutherford who lived from 1600 to 1661. He never wrote poetry, but his sayings were so much enjoyed by Mrs. Cousin that her poetic ability gave expression to these sayings in hymns. He was imprisoned for his faith for about two years and during that time he expressed much of his joy and confidence in the Lord. So it is his thoughts that Mrs. Cousin put into happy verse. She became a widow, but the year in which her husband died is not available.
“For me, Lord Jesus, Thou hast died,
And I have died in Thee;
Thou’rt risen: my bands are all untied,
And now Thou liv’st in me.
The Father’s face of radiant grace
Shines now in light on me.” (#137)